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THINGS TO DO THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN WASHINGTON, DC

Labor Day marks the unofficial end to summer, so make the most of the weekend and send the season off in style. There’s a culinary campout hosted by REI, a ‘90s throwback concert, a crab fest at the “beach,” and a Caribbean art and music festival. Plus, you can sample your way through the vegan universe at VegFest, stick your nose in a book at the National Book Festival, listen to jazz and blues at Lake Anne, or see dozens of free plays at the Kennedy Center.

FRIDAY – MONDAY
SEP 1-4
DINE OUT TO SUPPORT VICTIMS OF HURRICANE HARVEY
VARIOUS LOCATIONS
The DC food and beverage community is coming together to raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief. Boundary Stone and DC Brau are organizing a campaign for the American Red Cross, and more than 45 area establishments have signed on to contribute a portion of their weekend sales to the fund. Other spots are hosting their own fundraisers, including HimitsuMike Isabella ConceptsTaco BambaTiger ForkAgua 301Hill Country BBQ, and more. For a running list of the various establishments donating profits, visit RAMW’s website.
What it costs: Regular menus available at participating restaurants and bars.
FRIDAY – SUNDAY
SEP 1-3
Wolf Trap’s summer season is coming to an end, but not before a birthday tribute concert to Jimi Hendrix on Friday and a ‘90s throwback dance party on Sunday with TLC, Montell Jordan, Rob Base, and more.
What it costs: Tickets start at $30 for the Hendrix show and $45 for the ‘90s concert.
SATURDAY
SEP 2
Everyone is welcome at this free festival celebrating plant-based food, now in its ninth year. The day will be packed with culinary demos, live music, more than 130 vendors, vegan food samples, a beer garden, and adoptable pets. Headlining speakers include former NFL player David Carter, DC’s vegan queen Doron Petersan, and Congressman Jamie Raskin, who will discuss the benefits of going vegetarian.
What it costs: Admission is free.
SATURDAY
SEP 2
EMBRACE YOUR INNER-BOOKWORM AT THE NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL
The Library of Congress is hosting the 17th annual book festival, a free event with presentations and discussions by more than 100 authors, illustrators, and poets, plus programming like story time, a Waldo hunt, and book sales by Politics and Prose.
What it costs: Admission is free.
SATURDAY – SUNDAY
SEP 2-3
CAMP OUT AND WITH REI AND DC’S CULINARY STARS
The REI Outdoor School is hosting a massive culinary campout filled with food, drinks, and outdoor adventures. It kicks off with lunch from CAVA, followed by classes on paddleboarding, kayaking, mountain biking, yoga, smartphone photography, map and compass skills, and essential camping know-how. Then there will be an outdoor workout led by November Project, happy hour with One Eight Distilling and Atlas Brew Works, and dinner cooked over an open fire by the executive chefs of Compass Rose and the forthcoming Maydan. BYO camping equipment.
What it costs: $150 for members, $170 for non-members.
SATURDAY
SEP 2
This is the 16th year of the Page-to-Stage New Play Festival at the Kennedy Center, which features more than 60 local theater companies performing free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals. There will also be interactive activities like Script Karaoke and Kostume Karaoke. The full schedule is available online.
What it costs: Admission is free, but seating is limited.
MONDAY
SEP 4
If you can’t make it to the shore for Labor Day, City Tap House has you covered with its third annual Crabfest. The patio will be transformed into a beach, complete with sand, beach balls, inflatable palm trees, frozen drinks, and live music. Enjoy the coastal vibes as you eat unlimited Maryland blue crabs, hushpuppies, and jambalaya.
What it costs: Tickets are $50.
MONDAY
SEP 4
You don’t need a passport to visit 28 Caribbean nations at Carifesta USA, a free music and arts festival. Catch live music performances, DJs, Caribbean cuisine, crafts, art exhibits, a fashion show, a beer garden, and more.
What it costs: Admission is free.
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